A few years ago, a friend introduced me to the idea of choosing a word to inspire the year instead of making a New Year’s resolution. Since I’ve never really been into resolutions and choosing a word sounded like more fun, I thought I’d try it. In fact, the word I chose was “fun”.
This year a group of us got together and shared our “words for 2011”. Most agreed that resolutions were set ups for failure. Having a word that can inspire one’s actions or guide a decision seems more useful. Our hostess thoughtfully wrote our words on index cards for us to take home. It was a great idea since I forgot my word for 2010 (I hope it wasn’t “remembrance”).
In yoga classes a teacher will sometimes choose a word or phrase as a theme for a class. This can also be done when organizing a home practice. I often focus on a sutra as a guide for my teaching. One of my favorites is Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.3. The translation I prefer is “(when one is in a state of yoga) the seer dwells in their true splendor”. As I write this, I realize that this sutra relates to my chosen word for 2011, which is “presence”. Hmmm.
However you decide to frame the new year, I hope that you enjoy the wonder and splendor of your life. Happy New Year.